Top TwosDay: Listeria Hysteria and WAG the Dog Food

I don’t have any bone to pick with Amazon as they enter the pet food market with their brand WAG, which they acquired a number of years ago.

But I do have a couple of questions.

Is Amazon worried about trademark infringement or name confusion? Nope. Are they concerned customers might not purchase other products from their site, um, such as brand name dog food already available? No, again.

Pet Food Industry’s Blogger Debbie Phillips-Donaldson recently noted, “The company also doesn’t seem worried about cannibalizing its existing pet food sales. Amazon has now chosen to compete with its own suppliers — a tactic it has also undertaken in other categories like diapers, clothing and even furniture, according to CNet.com.”

How about them apples bones? Tough criticism, and it wasn’t even my soapbox! You can read the entire article here.

Speaking of four-legged friends, are you aware of the latest pet food recalls? Still perusing Pet Food Industry.com, I found the list here. You can swing by on a regular basis, or sign up to receive the alerts.

Pet food recalls often include listeria and salmonella dangers, two nasties that will totally mess with pets’ digestive output. Yep, just like ours!

Like food, another great concern we pet owners have is how much water our companions should drink. Our Reno’s latest kidney issues brought to light some important numbers, including how much fluid our feline requires.

I read Vet Street.com’s take on pet’s drinking water needs and discovered this, “The average amount of water for a dog or cat to drink each day is roughly 1 cup per 10 pounds of body weight.” Full article here.

Continuing my research, I found more information. Dr. Coates at PetMD.com calculates water intake based on consumed canned food versus how much drinking water should be available. Okay, a bit of math, but it was something I could handle.

She determines that, “…in comparison to dogs, cats simply need relatively less water per pound of body weight.” See Dr. Coates’ formula to determine water consumption here

I feel a bit more educated after exploring these sites. Maybe they’ll help you, too!

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7 Comments

  1. lol. I love the picture of the kitten drinking out of the foot spa. My cats drink out of everything that contains water including the toilet. Cats ! Who’d have ’em ! 🙂 ❤

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